400km in 1 day fundraising bike ride

Matt wearing a Aniridia Network UK tshirtMatt rode his bike 408 miles from London to Worcestershire and back again, in one day to raise money for Aniridia Network UK.

He set out at sunrise and rode as the temperature soared to 40°C. He retuned 15 hours later to London at sunset having drunk 15 litres of water, and burned 10,000 calories!

The Justgiving page for the feat shows that Matt has raised over £4,400 including Gift Aid!

Mat said afterwards “Thanks for the very generous donations and kind messages of encouragement. I have to admit I’m pretty shattered – no amount of water cools you down on a day this hot. Job done, body has held up! For my side of the bargain:

  • Matt on a hill standing holding his bike over his headMaximum speed 71kph
  • 3500m climbed
  • 1 sense of humour failure
  • 1 fjord crossed
  • 0 punctures  “

Matt was motivated by the experiences of his friends and their 18 month old son Finlay who has aniridia. They learn more about this rare eye condition as Finlay grows and immensely value the expertise of Moorfields Eye Hospital, but particularly the guidance from Aniridia Network UK.

The money Matt has magnificently raised will help us ensure children parents and adults affected by our rare and complex eye condition are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed about aniridia. It will fund increases in the extent and quality of our events, services and literature. We also plan to set up a fund for medical research into treatments for the effects of aniridia. Together, with the help of people like Matt and those who sponsored him we can improve the understanding and hence the lives of people dealing with aniridia.

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About Aniridia Network UK

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. Registered as a charity in 2011 with HMRC reference XT26830
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